Warren Ellis Comic BLACK SUMMER Getting Big Screen Adaptation

Movieby Joey Paur


Vigilante Entertainment is a new production company that is in the business of making movies. The first movie they plan on producing is an adaptation of the Warren Ellis written comic book, Black Summer. The plot revolves around the consequences of a superhero, John Horus, who kills the President of the United States and several of his advisers. The following seven issues detail the aftermath of the assassination.

If that doesn't grab your attention, here is a little in depth plot synopsis.

The limited series alternates between flashbacks detailing the origin of a superhero team called The Seven Guns, and the present day, where one of their members kills the President of the United States. The Seven Guns are an association of politically-aware young scientist-inventors, who create their own superhuman enhancements through extreme body modification experiments supervised by Tom Noir and Frank Blacksmith. Noir is the brains of the team, but by far the most powerful member is John Horus, whose enhancements make him, for all intents and purposes, invincible. Their first public mission was to free an unspecified West Coast city from a corrupt police force and the criminal city government which backed it. Over time, they have gained the public trust.

Ryne Pearson has been hired to write the script for the movie, he most recently wrote the Alex Proyas bomb, Knowing. I think this Black Summer story has a more potential.

The comic book was published  from 2007 to 2008 by indie comic publisher, Avatar Press. Ellis was looking to do something new and different for the superhero genre when he created it. In 2007 he gave an interview with newsarama in which he said:

There are still questions to be asked of the superhero genre, but, after all these years, most of the ones left are pretty esoteric and involved. I was looking for the simple question, the one that gets to the heart of the central notion of people disguising themselves and taking up arms to fight for justice with total commitment. And the one I found had political expression but was essentially ethical and moral. Where do you draw the line? Especially if you're a guy with the destructive potential of a fleet of Apache helicopters. If you're that guy, you're not in it to govern. You don't see that as your job, and, in fact, that would prevent you from doing your job. You operate outside society to keep it honest. So where do you draw the line? And where's the line before which you embody the outrage of the people and beyond which you become the fears of the people?

Do you think this is going to make a good film?

Source: Variety

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